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Posted 9/29/2012 by mamashosh in NSBR Board
 

mamashosh
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Posted: 9/29/2012 5:41:43 PM
So we are planning to put down wood floors where we now have carpeting, probably engineered to save some money.
What kind of wood do you have? Is it worth springing for the wider boards or does it not matter a lot?
We are concerned about fading/darkening because we have uneven light streaming in. We fell in love with Tigerwood/Koa, but apparently that can change a lot with sunlight. Has anyone had any experience with their wood getting darker or lighter unevenly?

We are also considering a matte/distressed finish because we were told that will show less wear and tear. True?

Anything else we should consider that we might not have thought of? Thanks.



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Posted: 9/29/2012 5:59:17 PM
My house has tongue-in-groove wood floors that were there when I moved in. I love them. They have held up great. I have no idea what they are made of though?

Good luck in your decision.



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Posted: 9/29/2012 6:48:57 PM
I wish we had gone with a more matte/distressed finish. Ours has a satin finish and it shows smudges from perfectly clean bare feet, which means that it perpetually looks dirty. I hate it, except for the fifteen minutes it's actually clean each week, and then I love it.

We have five-inch planks and it's engineered hickory. I prefer the look of wider planks and would have gone with eight-inch except that it doubled the price. Overall it's pretty durable, though we do have our fair share of scratches from life with kids and pets.



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Posted: 9/29/2012 6:55:10 PM
Those are useful tips. Thanks.



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Posted: 9/29/2012 7:47:32 PM
We are in the process of putting down new tile and wanted wood floors but since we have dogs we were afraid of scratching and peeing marks on the floor. What we are doing instead, is putting tile in that looks like wood! It's amazing and looks like the real deal. Plus, it lasts forever since it is tile and not real wood. Look into it





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Posted: 9/29/2012 8:45:08 PM
We just had over 2000 sf of Shaw Pebble Hill engineered hardwood in weathered saddle installed. They actually finished last week! I decided to go with an engineered hardwood because I wanted the same floor throughout our walkout basement, main level and the stairs connecting the two floors. We replaced carpet and hardwood. I absolutely love it so far!

With 3 dogs and 3 teenaged boys I wanted something durable and low maintenance. I also didn't want to go through the sanding staining process of a hardwood installation while trying to live day to day life in the home. This installation was actually pretty easy. They could move furniture to one side of the room and then back. Instead of having to empty entire rooms. My kitchen was only out of commission for about 4 days instead of over a week with a hardwood install. The refrigerator was never out of the kitchen. All in all it was a very easy renovation and I love love love my floors!




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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:04:25 PM
We installed a dark hickory a few years ago. I really, really wish I had not gone with such a dark floor. It looks spectacular BUT it shows dust and streaks like crazy. I love hardwood - just wish I had gone for a more medium/lighter tone.

ETA: Ours is distressed. That is its saving grace. I would do distressed again in a heartbeat.


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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:05:25 PM
Keep in mind that you can't sand and refinish engineered wood down the road..


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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:07:29 PM
Can you please post a picture Aimmer? I am trying to decide what to go with!


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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:11:01 PM
We have very dark hand-scraped Hickory. It's one of the harder woods. We have a light stream that goes through the living room and a dog. We have had no issues with fading or scratches.

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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:17:50 PM
Thanks so much. And kiki--gorgeous room!



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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:18:53 PM
Oh, and I heard engineered wood can be refinished once--true or not?



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Posted: 9/29/2012 9:56:53 PM
Here is a picture I found online I'll take some pictures of my house tomorrow in the light.



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Posted: 9/29/2012 10:08:09 PM

Oh, and I heard engineered wood can be refinished once--true or not?


That's what we were told. It may depend on the brand/type. We have a slab foundation and engineered is the only kind recommended for a slab, so that's what we got.



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Posted: 9/30/2012 10:51:29 AM
Thanks for posting the picture! I want something somewhat "rustic" looking; off to check it out!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 10:56:46 AM
I snapped a few pictures of the main floor this morning. I'm still putting stuff back together moving rugs and furniture around and we want to get our cabinets refinished soon but we are loving the floor!



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Posted: 9/30/2012 6:08:34 PM
Aimee--beautiful home, beautiful photos. Thanks for posting.


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